Further increase in the number of patients in Vienna’s intensive care units

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The number of COVID patients in intensive care units, continues to rise and has once again climbed to a new high.

According to data from the Ministry of Interior and Health, 176 people are in intensive care units in Vienna’s hospitals, eight more than Tuesday. The British variant now accounts for 90 percent of the infection incidence in Vienna.

In recent days, the Vienna Health Association has repeatedly drawn attention to the seriousness of the situation in the hospitals. For example, a spokeswoman recently warned that resources were visibly being exhausted: “We have too many sick patients at the same time.” She said that with a lower occupancy rate – compared to today – of 168 people who needed intensive care due to Covid-19.

639 Corona patients in intensive care units in Vienna.

A look over a longer period of time also shows a strong increase in intensive care units: Compared to the previous week, the increase in patients in intensive care units was 22.2 percent. 32 people had to be admitted.

As of Wednesday, a total of 639 people infected with the coronavirus are being cared for in Viennese hospitals. That is three more than yesterday, Tuesday. The previous high for hospitalizations is 756 patients (November 17, 2020).

In the hospitals of the federal capital, there is a Covid stage plan, according to which the bed occupancy in the hospitals is made. This involves cooperation with the religious hospitals – which also care for Corona patients – and private hospitals. As part of the phased plan, hospital capacity planning is combined with ongoing monitoring of utilization of Covid care areas.

At the moment, we are at stage six of eight. This involves 230 intensive care beds dedicated to the care of Covid patients. This includes 90 beds equipped with high-flow oxygen devices. This enables special oxygen therapy for corona patients.

1,840 deaths in Vienna
In total, the healthcare network has around 6,000 normal beds and 550 intensive care beds – but in total and not just for people suffering from Covid-19. Freeing up bed capacity for Corona patients therefore comes at a price – namely the postponement of operations.

In any case, acute care is always maintained. In the highest level of the Covid plan, level eight, a total of approximately 310 intensive care beds – including around 100 high-flow oxygen beds – and 768 normal beds are earmarked for the care of Covid patients.

In terms of infection activity in the city in general, there have now been 108,858 positive confirmed tests since the pandemic began, according to the city’s medical crisis team. This includes 797 new cases, including follow-up reports from the past few days, a statement said Wednesday.

In addition, 1,840 deaths have been documented due to or as a result of Covid-19. In the past 24 hours, there were seven deaths. 97,955 people are healthy again. 9,023 are actively suffering from the disease.

As of Tuesday, 43,909 Corona test results were reported in Vienna, including 20,196 PCR tests and 23,713 rapid antigen tests. A total of 4,240,176 tests have been performed since the start of the pandemic.

The proportion of the British variant (B.1.1.7) has now increased and is now around 90 percent. In addition, there are currently “61 active suspected cases” of the South African mutation (B.1.351), a spokesperson for the crisis team further reported by the Austrian Press Agency.

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